Dave Dorman Speaks Out Against Breastfeeding In His Comics

Image_saga Women have been fighting for the right to breast feed publically for some time now. Every now and then, someone writes a letter to object, but today, in London, it's not uncommon to see a mother breastfeeding her child on a tube, on a park bench or in the Houses of Parliament.

But not, it seems, in a comic book that children might read. Like Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples, due later this year.

Fantasy artist Dave Dorman, best known in sci-fi and comics circles for his Star Wars work, has a problem.

He writes;

Juxtapozed against this image was Brian's specific quote, highlighted beneath the headline: "I just miss the days when I was a kid where you could pick up a No. 1 comic and it's not a reboot or a relaunch or something." Further along in the article, Vaughan shares how he was a "big-time Star Wars nerd" and how as a kid, he wanted to write this galactic family heroic saga, ala Star Wars. And that's exactly what I was hoping he would do. Then my eye drifted over to the promotional illustration by Fiona Staples, a gifted artist. My brow furled as I tried to process what I was actually seeing.

Funny thing. Like Brian, I read comics as a kid, too. I don't recall reading Ma and Pa Kent finding baby Superman in his little rocket from Krypton and in the next panel, Ma Kent pulling out her tit and slapping little Kal-El to it. I think I'll call DC and find out if I just happened to miss that particular issue.

In further commentary, Dave Dorman outlines how he considers this a shocking, offensive image inappropriate for his seven year old son. While everyone has the right to bring up their children as they see fit, I do find it a little sad.

And if that image is a bit too much for Mr Dorman and son, I hate to think how they'd react to the following scene, from the same comic…

Dave Dorman Speaks Out Against Breastfeeding In His Comics

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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